iloveny-stack1.jpgOther new developments include themed accommodations with an Egyptian sarcophagus guarded by tropical fish in a saltwater aquarium    Albany, N.Y.  - As temperatures rise and days get longer, thoughts turn towards getting out and exploring. This summer, vacationers looking for the next new thing to experience will find that New York State offers some splashy new activities, attractions, lodgings and restaurants as well as interesting renovations and events. What follows is a sampling of the latest developments across the state. For more ways to enjoy summer in New York State, visit   NEW THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO GO   Adirondacks: A rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, mountain biking and both guided and self-guided hikes are being introduced at Gore Mountain this summer. Other new activities include inflatables for kids, workshops in yoga, jewelry making and cooking, plus live music every Friday, 4-6 p.m.   Finger Lakes: WonderWorks' new upside down house and inversion tunnel and its 70-foot high Canyon Area with a world-class indoor suspended rope course are among the new entertainment options at Destiny USA, the largest enclosed retail destination in New York State. Other recent openings include the Funny Bone Comedy Club, Pole Position Raceway, Revolutions Entertainment (bowling, cinegrill), OptiGolf (with 80 simulated courses), and Dave & Busters (games, food).     The Ganondagan Native American Historic Site in Victor has completed the White Corn Project, bringing Native American cornfields back to life on this historic site. Visitors can tour a replica 17th-century bark longhouse filled with Seneca objects and learn about the cultural, nutritional and spiritual importance of white corn to the Seneca people.   Upstate Guide Service, a new fishing guide service on Skaneateles Lake, offers outfitted and guided fly fishing, spin fishing, ice fishing and waterfowl hunting trips in the Finger Lakes and Adirondack regions. Accommodations range from remote backcountry camps to lakeside lodges.   Greater Niagara: Smokin Joes Native Center presents authentic Native American dance performances by the World Class Native Spirit Dancers. The shows are designed to appeal to all ages with exciting Native American music and songs, exceptional costumes and stories that have been passed down through the generations about the sacred Niagara Falls and the traditional Native American way of life.   Hudson Valley: A new pavilion has opened at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Poughkeepsie, whose bridge is believed to be the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Also in the works are a 20-story glass elevator and a new riverfront park. The new elevator will carry passengers from the new park at the base of the bridge to the deck of the bridge. Both are expected to be completed by fall.   Thousand Islands-Seaway: The historic Rock Island Lighthouse, located on the St. Lawrence River, opens for public touring on June 22, 2013. Visitors to this 100-plus year old lighthouse can explore the tower, keeper's residence, museum and gift shop. The lighthouse and island can be booked for private events as well by contacting Clayton Island Tours offers exclusive tours to the island; docking is also available for private boats. PLACES TO STAY   The Catskills Imagine showering next to an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus guarded by tropical fish in a 400-gallon saltwater aquarium. That's just one of the features of the latest theme room at The Roxbury. The hotel's glamorous new three-bedroom cottage, "The Archaeologist's Digs" captures the adventure of archaeology's Golden Age. Its aquarium was featured on Animal Planet's hit show "Tanked" and its secret passageways add to the fun.   Finger Lakes: The Old Stone Mill Inn, that recently opened in Skaneateles, features luxurious vacation rentals and a central location within walking distance to shopping, dining and the lake. Each unit sleeps four, with two bedrooms, two full baths and a living room, dining room, kitchen and balcony.   Syracuse's 160,000-square-foot Armory Square building will house a 180-room hotel that combines Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn. The hotel will open in July and is located at 300 W. Fayette Street, across the street from Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant. and   Hudson Valley: Cambria Suites, a new 130-room hotel in White Plains, is scheduled to open in September  2013. The Hotel will sit atop two floors of retail space and feature an indoor pool and fitness center, Reflect casual dining area, Refill 24-7 convenience store and valet parking.   NEW PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK   Central New York: Upstate Tavern, a full-service casual American bar and grill, recently opened at the Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino. The tavern has an open kitchen, built-in keg tables, booths and a bar, and serves oversized burgers, pub fare and comfort food favorites. It offers rotating taps from NY State's finest breweries, signature cocktails and wines by the glass along with regularly scheduled events like beer tastings, brewer's dinners and seasonal festivals.   Finger Lakes: A new brew pub and brewery, the Beehive Brew Pub, is coming to a former train station in Canandaigua. Slated to open in June, the pub will feature 24 to 32 beers at a time and five signature brews: an India Pale Ale, a pale ale, a stout, a whet ale and a Scotch beer.   Downtown Syracuse has 14 new dining options. These include Crepe and Gelato Boulevard, Jo·li·mé Fresh Garden Café, Gannon's Isle ice cream shop, and the soon-to-open Otro Cinco, which will serve Mexican and Spanish fare.   Skaneateles has two new eateries. Gilda's ( opening in June, will feature craft pizza, eclectic appetizers, salads, desserts and craft beer along with lovely views of the lake. A Short Walk Market and Deli (, is a lunch spot that serves "not just your Mother's sandwiches" with daily specials plus gluten free and vegetarian dishes.   The recently opened AC's Lakeside Restaurant, overlooking Otisco Lake in Marietta, features fresh seafood, steaks, Italian cuisine, BBQ and American classics and provides docking spaces for boating customers.   Anyela's Vineyard has added an outdoor pergola and outdoor wine bar where visitors can sample wines and enjoy cheese platters.   Greater Niagara: Webster's Bistro and Bar in North Tonawanda, a French-American restaurant, recently opened just half a block from the Historic Riviera Theatre. This casual bistro has a varied menu and pretty outdoor terrace.   Hudson Valley: The Boathouse Grille at Shady Harbor Marina opened this May. Open to the public seven days a week in summer, this casual, contemporary restaurant offers seating, inside and out on the deck, and beautiful views of the Hudson River. The restaurant is also open for banquets and special events and is expected to be a popular spot with long-distance boaters, since the marina is a member of America's Great Loop Cruises Association.   Thousand Islands-Seaway The Clayton Distillery in Clayton, the first micro-distillery in the region, uses locally-grown ingredients to create premium spirits including vodka, gin, whisky and brandy. A sustainable, zero-waste business plan includes using by-products from the distilling process to produce antibacterial hand sanitizer, surface cleaner and windshield washer fluid   EXPANSIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS   Finger Lakes: Brew & Brats restaurant at Arbor Hill Grapery in South Bristol is now solar powered. When solar power exceeds the restaurants needs, the extra power will be used by Arbor Hill, which produces 18 award-winning wines and a gourmet food line of Arbor Hill sauces, jams, salad dressings and pies.   Greater Niagara: Buffalo continues the $295 million development of its historic Canalside district, where the Erie Canal once had its western terminus. Canal construction, an amateur hockey complex and a Courtyard by Marriot are in progress and more than 750 events - from national rock acts to outdoor yoga to kayaking - will be held there this year.     Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House is approaching completion of a $50 million restoration. The Prairie-style complex remains open for tours during construction. Nearby, the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce Arrow Museum is constructing a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station dating from the 1920s, scheduled to be on view by the fall. The museum features locally-made Pierce-Arrow and Thomas Flyer automobiles as well as other cars from 1903 to the 1960s. and   Thousand Islands-Seaway RiverQuest, a new website brings together the major attractions of the 1000 Islands/Seaway region, helping visitors follow their interests and plan thematic tours and customized itineraries based on their interests. For itineraries, videos, maps and more, visit   NEW EVENTS AND UPDATES   ADIRONDACKS The Adirondack Challenge will take place on July 21 in Indian Lakes featuring an invitational white water race, internationally competitive flatwater race and a festival with music, New York State foods, kids' activities and more.   From 1918 until the mid-1930s, artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) spent part of each year at Alfred Stieglitz's family estate, just north of Lake George village. From June 15 to September 15, 2013, the Hyde Collection Art Museum & Historic House will host an unusual exhibit examining the extraordinary body of work from her time at Lake George. Entitled "Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George," the exhibition will present fifty-eight paintings from both public and private collections.   Teddy Roosevelt, a.k.a. renowned Roosevelt reprisor Joe Wiegand, will be speaking to visitors at the Saratoga and North Creek Railway as part of a weekend of train rides, historic talks, crafts and family-friendly events during the "Teddy Roosevelt Returns to North Creek" event, September 13-15.   You don't have to be a professional cyclist to join the inaugural Randonée Cycliste weekend organized by Medalist Sports on September 27-29. The event kicks off with an opening party on Friday night. Saturday competitions include a ride for kids ages 5 to 9, a 25-mile family ride and a Prospect Mountain Hill Climb race. Sunday brings 50 and 100 mile rides. There will also be all day Expos on Saturday and Sunday.   Central New York: The Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a month-long celebration of events kicking off on June 29. Festivities will include big ticket giveaways, major tournaments, live entertainment by name performers and a host of special parties and events. Slated to coincide with the celebrations is the July opening of Exit 33, which will house four distinct entertainment options including a country music dance hall, a rock and roll club, an ultra lounge and a piano bar. The resort offers gaming, golf, entertainment, accommodations, fine dining and spa facilities.   Finger Lakes: Onondaga Historical Association is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Visitors this summer can join scheduled walking tours with costumed interpreters including an abolitionist walk and a ghost tour, see exhibits on the underground railroad, women's rights and immigration and attend a "Raise the Roof on History" fundraiser party on the evening of September 5th.   Through September 8, visitors can follow the Finger Lakes Sweet Trail Tasting Tour to enjoy locally produced baked goods, jams & jellies, honey and maple syrup. Those who get their tasting tour passes punched by at least ten participating partners are eligible to win one of three sweet treat baskets that will be awarded at TomatoFest, held at Emerson Park, September 7-8.   The Finger Lakes Cork & Fork, held annually at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, was designated as regionally significant by Governor Cuomo's office in part, for raising awareness of the region's agricultural bounty. This year's event kicks off Friday, September 20 at 6 p.m. with "Dishing with the Chefs," which pairs local wineries and food producers/farmers to create tapas dishes and wine selections. Saturday brings one of the region's largest farmers markets, cooking seminars, chef demos and live entertainment. Greater Niagara Now through 2014, Buffalo is joining Canada in celebrating 200 years of peace, and commemorating battles fought on both sides of the border. A Parade of Tall Ships is scheduled for September 12-17. There will also be an exhibit about the city's involvement in the war, including the bicentennial of the burning of Buffalo in 1813.   It will be a Sweet Sweet Summer in Lockport, filled with events and activities. Highlights include Sweet Harmony, from June 15-August 16, when 12 uniquely painted working pianos around the community will invite people to stop and play, and the Sweet Chalk Festival, August 17-18, when professional and amateur artists will create street art on the sidewalks.   Old Fort Niagara at Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown will be presenting "Blue Coats Along the Niagara," a living history program that presents a picture of life along the American side of the Niagara River during the War of 1812 through daily activities with costumed interpreters. The program includes musket and artillery demonstrations, cooking programs, military ceremonies, blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations and hands-on activities as well as special events such as the August 28 screening of the PBS film "Anthem" followed by a musical performance and discussion of 1812 songs.   The bicentennial commemoration of the capture of Fort Niagara by British forces in December 1813 will be celebrated August 31-September 1 with a War of 1812 Encampment, complete with battle demonstrations and living history programs throughout the day and a Saturday night battle. This was named one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association.   Thousand Islands-Seaway: On July 6, the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site will host Kathleen Ernst, author of the companion book to the Caroline Abbott American Girl doll. The doll represents a young girl growing up in Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812 when this small village was a center of naval and military activity. The July 6 event will feature a Victorian tea party, doll raffles, a chance to meet Ms. Ernst and 1812-related activities. There will also be fireworks on July 4 commemorating Sackets Harbor's important role in the War of 1812.   The Thousand Islands International Bridge connecting New York and Ontario will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year with fireworks display over Boldt Castle on August 2 and a public open house at the former Waterfun Village site in Collins Landing on Saturday, Aug. 17. The open house will display archival images, video and audio clips, guest speakers, entertainment and refreshments.  

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